RALEIGH, N.C. – Protests, rallies and sit-ins. That’s what’s planned on Monday in Raleigh as members of the North Carolina General Assembly convene.
Groups that support House Bill 2 and organizations against it are expected to show up in large numbers.
Dr. Ron Baity, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem and president of the religious-based group Return America, is gearing up for Monday.
Return America is scheduling a rally at noon at Hallifax Mall, in the grassy area behind the General Assembly Building. They support the bill.
“We’ll be having a rally tomorrow, Monday in Raleigh. Saying at least three things: Number one, we`re thankful for the legislature passing HB2. We’re thankful that the Governor signed it. And we are there to say to all of the above we want you to stay the course,” Baity said.
"Fortunately, we have people coming from the mountains, the Piedmont and the coastal area of North Carolina. And we believe that there will be several thousands of people there to stand up for HB2. And to voice their opinion that this is good law that it aligns itself with a historical content of all of our laws here in North Carolina.”
Organizations like the North Carolina NAACP are against it. President William Barber says Moral Monday protests are taking place outside the General Assembly Building and will focus on speaking out against House Bill 2.
"We call on the media and other North Carolinians, don't be bamboozled. Don't be hoodwinked. These bills are being filed all over the state and the country, Indiana, Mississippi, all because it's about power politics - using sex and homophobia and racism to stir the vote.” Barber said. “We are calling on everybody, the media, get inside this bill it is an unholy alliance of racism, classism and homophobia.”